Friday, May 30, 2014

Serpentine Rock: Avoid Breathing Dust

Just wanted you to know ... In case you hadn't noticed.
  • When Asbestos Containing Serpentine Rock was found at the construction site for Mountain Oaks School, officials isolated the dangerous rock and took precautions to contain it. The goal was to protect students and staff (for years to come) from coming into contact with this well-known health hazard. 
  • I'm wondering if this protocol and procedure might be applicable for Calaveras High School: can officials contain this dangerous, cancer-causing dust by building up a barrier (or buffer) and then paving over it? 
  • The road in question (unpaved) runs directly behind the visiting bleachers at the CHS stadium. The road ends at the tennis courts just beyond the stadium. A second warning sign is also posted in this area. 
  • It seems logical to isolate the Serpentine Rock and perhaps pave over it; that would cut down or minimize the dust and therefore the breathing hazard. 
  • I am also wondering if the soil beneath the stadium and/or the artificial turf sports field has ever been tested or assessed for Asbestos Containing Serpentine Rock?
  • I fully understand that I'm not an expert; just a concerned citizen and a parent of a Calaveras High School student.

Asbestos: A hidden hazard in the hills

The Calaveras Asbestos Monofill near Copperopolis, once the site of the nation's largest asbestos mine, is now used to store asbestos-containing waste and old tires. (Amy Alonzo/Union Democrat).
The Calaveras Asbestos Monofill near Copperopolis, once the site of the nation's largest asbestos mine, is now used to store asbestos-containing waste and old tires. (Amy Alonzo/Union Democrat).
Part I
By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
The Union Democrat
"More recently, asbestos has been found on 13 acres on Pool Station Road outside San Andreas, where the Calaveras County Office of Education plans to build new school buildings and classrooms for Mountain Ranch Community School and Mountain Oaks Charter School.
In all three cases, school officials plan to pave over the asbestos-tainted areas or contain the dangerous fibers in other ways."

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